The Happy List | 6

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury
  2. Sarah J. Maas
  3. ECF
  4. The end of AP exams
  5. Not having an appetite
  6. Finding a new all-time favorite, #1 book for the first time since freshman year
  7. College friends coming home
  8. 70s style
  9. Feeling better about my body
  10. Emotions of all kinds, especially hope
  11. RSVPs
  12. The possibility, however slim, that Lightning players are coming to my grad party
  13. Daydreams
  14. Nighttime dreams
  15. Ear plugs
  16. Lavender sleep mist
  17. An amazing mom
  18. Siblings
  19. Salads
  20. Music, books, and writing that inspire me, that make me feel alive

Thanks for reading.


Read in 2015

In chronological order, here is a list of books, novellas, and short stories that I finished reading in 2015.

1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
3. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
4. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
5. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
6. Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
7. Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
10. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
11. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
12. The Meaning of Shit: A Scatalogicon by Summersdale
13. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
14. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
15. Bridge of Snow by Marie Rutkoski
16. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
17. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
18. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
19. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
20. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
21. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
22. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
23. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
24. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
25. Manga Classics: Emma by Jane Austen, Stacy King, Crystal Chan, Po Tse
26. Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Stacy King, Crystal Chan, Nokman Poon
27. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
28. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
29. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
30. Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
31. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson     (re-read)
32. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner     (re-read)
33. The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
34. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
35. The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara
36. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
37. 100 Successful College Application Essays Compiled and Edited by Members of the Staff of The Harvard Independent
38. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
39. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley     (re-read)
40. The Martian by Andy Weir
41. Benediction by F. Scott Fitzgerald
42. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
43. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Happy List (2)

This is the second of my Happy List post series, which I began back in November.

1. A New Year
2015 is my last full year at home and that realization is crazy. I love the start of a new year because it’s full of hope and possibility and a willingness to change that we don’t find in ourselves often.

2. Russian Tea
My family went to Alaska two summers ago and my mom bought a bag of Russian tea. She’s made it sparingly since then, but the past few days we’ve had a consistent brew of it available and it is heavenly.

3. Cookie Dough
I’ve made several batches of cookies with friends and siblings in the past week but nothing beats a bite (or three!) of raw cookie dough. I’ve been nibbling on it as I’ve done a ton of Model UN research and it’s nice to treat yourself to a little reward after a lot of hard work.

4. Debussy
Clair de Lune is one of my favorite classical pieces; I find its melody soothing and nostalgic. However, as I’ve been working like crazy on my research and position paper, I’ve started listening to more of Debussy’s compositions. I’ve discovered quite a few more that I like.

5. Model United Nations
As much work as this club has been the past few days, I really really enjoy it. I love social studies; it’s one of my great passions. I’m interested in international business and international relations as possible majors in college and career paths. It’s nice to be surrounded by people who share my adoration for history and politics and I’ve learned a lot through my research. It’s hard work and I’m not sure I have it all figured out yet (this is my first year participating in MUN), but I’m proud of myself for trying something new and committing to it.

That’s my happy list for the week! A bonus I’d like to add is the book I’m currently reading, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan. It’s full of stories that I already know, but Percy’s narrations and my love for mythology make this one a winner. It’s easy to put down when I need to work, but great for a few stories before dream catching. Bonne semaine!

Books I Want to Read Before 2015

Stacks of unopened books. A seemingly endless TBR pile. List upon list of novels that I want to read, still need to read, absolutely must read at some point “soon.” All of this leads to an extremely overwhelming feeling that typically results in me not reading anything at all. However, in these last weeks before the new year, I have a specific list of books that I want to prioritize and hopefully get through most of. This list is unrealistic; there is a very slim chance I’ll read all- or even most- of these books by the end of 2014, not to mention the books I started this year and have yet to finish. But, being the dreamer I am, here it is.

The List

  1.  Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
    (3rd book in the Throne of Glass series)
  2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
    (6th and final book in The Mortal Instruments series)
  3. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
    (4th book in the Heroes of Olympus series)
  4. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
    (5th and final book in the Heroes of Olympus series)
  5. Cress by Marissa Meyer
    (3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles quartet)
  6. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
    (3rd and final book in the Everbound trilogy)
  7. The One by Kiera Cass
    (3rd book in the Selection series)
  8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  9. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
    (spinoff of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy)
  10. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    (December book club pick)

Eeep. I also would like to complete Dreamless by Josephine Angelini (2nd book in the Starcrossed trilogy) and The Offering by Kimberly Derting (3rd book in The Pledge trilogy). The main goal is to finish up with some of the major 2014 releases I’ve anticipated and also finish most of the books I started earlier in the year but never completed. We’ll see how far I get… Hopefully I won’t embarrassingly finish only one or two of these books before 2015.


The Happy List (1)

This week I’ve decided to start a little post series called The Happy List. I’ve thought about doing it for awhile, and I think it will be a fun and positive meme to do on the blog. Basically, it’ll just be a quick list of things that have been making me happy lately or that I’m looking forward to soon. This first post pertains to this week.

1. Colder Weather
Our first big cold front of the season arrived today and the crisp, cool weather is a blessed relief from the usual humidity. I even broke out jeans and a flannel today, along with some cute ankle boots. Plus, it gives me a reason to miss swim practice (haha… just kidding).

2. Hockey
There are four Lightning games this week (not to mention the one I went to on Saturday). The team dominated last night on the scoreboard and on the ice against the New York Rangers. The final score was 5-1, with former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scoring two Lightning goals. It was the first game between the Lightning and Rangers since the captain swap last March and since the summer, the Lightning have acquired two more ex-Rangers: Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman.

3. Europe
I will be traveling to Europe for the first time with my friend and her parents next summer and I could not be more excited. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Europe and I still can’t believe I’ll experience three new countries in less than a year.

One Direction’s new album released yesterday and needless to say, I’m in love. I think it’s their best album yet; I love every song (though I do have some favorites). I will be listening to this on repeat for awhile, and memorizing all the lyrics- much to my friends’ annoyance.

5. Mockingjay, Part 1
The first installment of Mockingjay, film adaption of the third and final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, premieres Thursday night. I hope to see it with a friend this weekend. I’m a huge fan of the book series and love the film adaptions, as well. Hopefully it won’t be as boring as other part ones have been. Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing it.

6. Babysitting
I desperately need to save money for my summer trip to Europe, so I’m incredibly thankful to have a babysitting gig this Saturday. The kids are super sweet and I like earning my own money; it makes me feel a bit more independent.

7. Essay Deadline Extended
The essay I have to write for my English class about the moral upbringing of Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s famed and controversial novel was originally due this Friday. Thankfully, my teacher pushed the date back to right after Thanksgiving. This took a huge stress off my shoulders this week and I think my essay will be better written with the extra time.

8. Thanksgiving Break
I am wholly looking forward to a week off from school, and I plan to relax, read, and spend time with family and friends. School has been manageable, but tiresome and difficult as of late. I could definitely use some rejuvenation and a mental break. Not to mention, more free time and (hopefully) more sleep!

9. Reading
I have slacked a lot on reading since school started back up in August. I’ve read a few books for English and book club, but only two for pleasure. One of the two was The Young Elites by Marie Lu, an author I adore. I quite enjoyed this novel, told from the perspective of a developing villain. There were several unexpected twists that have me yearning for the next installment to the series. It was unique and unexpected, yet very easy to immerse myself in. I finished it today and have fallen back into reading. I haven’t decided on my next book but I look forward to finding and beginning it!

10. Reign
Reign is a historical fiction-based drama on The CW. It’s set in France in the 16th century and has all the drama, romance, and mystery that a girl like myself craves in a TV show. I stopped watching it toward the end of last season in the spring due to a huge amount of schoolwork, and never caught up over the summer. Season 2 began in October and this past weekend I spent an ungodly number of lazy hours in bed watching all the episodes I’d missed. I’m all caught up now and ready for more!

Well, that’s it. That’s my happy list for the week. Just a few things to keep in mind and help me think positively as I get through the tasks I’d rather not do. Bonne semaine!